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Trending Dresses of 2022 from Cocktail to Formal

We will discuss in depth the cocktail dress trends of 2022 and what's popular for more formal occasions.

Fashion is sporadic, and there's a persistent bombardment of opinions and influx from social media platforms telling you what to wear and what's ‘IN’ currently. And a lot of these informationals will tell you what's being pranced down the catwalk. Is it something you would necessarily wear to a party or walking down the street? Probably not, So we'll give you the goss on what people are wearing to cocktail parties and formal occasions this 2022.

What’s happening this year with fashion?

Society has just hung up the constant comfort outfits often accessorised with stains of Napoli sauce and used as a couch napkin, but this desire for comfort has transferred ever so slightly in the demand and trends of 2022. Combined with the fact that we've all been deprived of attention and pent up unable to party, we're getting some really cool 2022 dress trends coming through.

From the smock dress trend, the reintroduction of stripes and holiday vacation patterns with a flare of the 2000s salt baed over the top. 2022 is also a year of high demand with a backlog of weddings, baby showers, and the fact that no one really through a birthday party last year; most of us are booked out months in advance.

So let's go through the dress trends of 2022, and while we’re there, we can show you a few pieces worth running your eyes over!

2022 Cocktail Dress Trends

The use of bright colours, glitzy embellishments, and ruffles has dominated the evening dress scene in 2022, while sophisticated gowns are still popular. Sequins, feathers, fringe, velvet, asymmetry, open back and even pantsuits have been incorporated into today's leading trends for evening dresses and mourning attire.

We have the comfort of velvet and (when done right) feathers representing the desire for comfort and self-affirmation with a newfound strength after a tough 2 years.

See our collection of 2022 cocktail dress trends available for hire from the Dress for a Night Cocktail Dress Collection.

ZIMMERMANN Silk Wrap Midi Dress (Burgundy)

The wrap-around waist of Zimmermann's silk wrap midi dress fits in comfortably. This gown is made from stunning silk chartreuse with a delicate semi-matte finish, with striking bishop sleeves and a sweeping peplum hem. The sleeve has beautiful statement gold buttons. 

GOD SAVE QUEENS Scarlett Mini Dress

The Scarlett Mini dress is the epitome of seductive, with its' interchanging satin and mesh panels. The panels provide a beguiling illusion, and the plunging neckline enhances the breasts perfectly. This gown is perfect for a night on the town or a private cocktail party for individuals who enjoy a little excitement in their lives. 

RUNAWAY LABEL Scarlett Skirt & Top Set

This stunning two-piece designed by The Runaway Label is on our list of 2022 cocktail dress trends!

Our Scarlett Top features a cropped cut, halter neck, ruching along the bust, centre back exposed zipper; the top is lined.

The Scarlett Skirt features a midi length, high split with twisted detailing, centre back invisible zipper; the skirt has no lining and no stretch.

AJE Myriad Cut Out Mini Dress

What a statement this dress makes! Short dresses marked the end of the flapper age with fitted rouched bodices and subtle cuts on the side. Voluminous sleeves are paired with a structured organza skirt.

2022 Formal Dress Trends

If you’re like us, every waking moment is spent anticipating the next formal event. The chance to put on something fancy and flaunt it is something that has left a significant gap in many people’s lives. That’s why 2022 is killing it in the formal dress trends department.

Let’s take a look at what peeps are wearing and loving at the moment.

Alternatively, why not take a look at the whole collection? - Formal Dress Collection

NOOKIE Alyssa Chain Crop & Skirt (Black)

The Nookie Alyssa Chain Two Piece set is elegant yet essential. It has a gold chain at one shoulder and a crop top. The skirt is tailored to accentuate a feminine form. Stretch fabric is utilised for the ideal fit.

LEXI Mila Dress (Hazelnut)

The Mila dress is constructed of a sturdy satin fabric that has been recycled. The V-neck bodice is draped with a cowl neck overlay and our distinctive thigh-high split and is fastened at the back with an invisible zip. It has adjustable shoulder straps and an invisible zip down the centre back to keep it in place.

The Lexi Mila formal dress is the perfect combination of elegance and vibrance.

LEXI India Dress (Sage)

All eyes will be on you in this gorgeous dress, which is cut from a sage green satin fabric with a distinctive Lexi thigh-high split. The billowing sleeves fit the plunging neckline and open back of the design perfectly. It's the perfect party piece for special occasions or just an evening out.

L'IDEE Renaissance Gown (Chocolate)

This beautiful midi length dress is open back and sits fitted on the waist, adorned with a blousy neckline that can be tied in a bow at the back of the neck. The torso is accented by signature ribbed pleating that contrasts to a structured and somewhat voluminous pleated A-line skirt designed for twirling.

This sexy & sleek design is the perfect dress if you are attending a black-tie wedding or going to a formal event. We know you are going to love wearing this comfortable & easy to wear dress. Look flawless from head to toe! 

NOOKIE Fantasy Gown

It's time for some Nookie! This glittering halter gown is made of gleaming sequin and is fully lined, with a figure-hugging bodycon style, a structured bodice, and a side split. It has an invisible zipper at the centre back and a button fastening at the rear neck.

NOOKIE Dejavu Gown (Teal velvet)

Elegant one-shoulder gown with a dramatic back and side cut out detail. With a thigh-high split down the side. Luxury stretch velvet is used to make this garment, which is fully lined. Add a dash of wow to your next cocktail or formal event! We're sure you'll absolutely love wearing this dress.

Dress for a Night’s Take of 2022 Dress Trends

At Dress for a Night, we are constantly updating our inventory to match what is coming into seasonality and trend every year. If you want more options on trending formal dresses and cock tail dresses, head to the website and enjoy perusing some high fashion brands such as Nookie, Jadore, Rebecca Vallance, Lexi, Tinaholy, Zimmermann and Aje. Enjoy! - Dress for a Night.


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